Egypt has turned away a sanctioned Russian bulker allegedly carrying grain from the Russian-annexed former Ukrainian region of Crimea.

The 28,350-dwt handysize Matros Pozynich (built 2010) was refused permission to dock at Alexandria in early May.

The ship was carrying 27,000 tonnes of grain.

Ukraine’s Peacemaker website reported the vessel had loaded the grain at Sevastopol between 28 and 30 April.

The vessel is owned by CMC Heavy Lift of Astrakhan, which has not responded to TradeWinds’ request for comment.

The company is part of state shipyard group United Shipbuilding Corp (USC), which has been sanctioned by the US for allegedly building warships involved in the Ukraine conflict.

Ukrainian authorities had asked Egypt not to accept the ship or the cargo.

After being turned away by Egyptian authorities, the Matros Pozynich changed its destination to Beirut in Lebanon.

The last AIS update on 5 May showed the vessel in the eastern Mediterranean.

Ukrainian plea

Ukraine has been in touch with authorities in Lebanon and Syria to ask that the vessel is not allowed to dock, the report said.

The bulker had reportedly anchored at the Russian port of Kavkaz between 24 and 27 April without any cargo operations taking place.

Earlier this month, a Clean Sea Transport (CST) product tanker was prevented from docking in Sweden and the Netherlands due to its cargo of Russian gasoil.

The 75,000-dwt LR1 Sunny Liger (built 2008) was anchored off Amsterdam after port workers refused to unload its fuel.

AIS data shows the Marshall Islands-flagged ship left Russia’s Primorsk port on 24 April.

Dockers did not allow the vessel to enter Rotterdam, while Swedish stevedores had already turned the ship away.